Report for Palmer Island (Massachusetts) - 1931

District: 2nd
Inspector: H.L. Bartlett, Junior Engineer
Location: On Palmer Island W side of entrance to New Bedford Inner Harbor
Date of Report: 04/30/1931
Latitude: 41° 37' 37"
Longitude: 70° 54' 35"
Site: Purchase
Date of Reservation:
Date of Deed: 03/17/1849
Date of Permission:
Date of Lease:
Area of the Entire Site: 1.08 acres
Area Inclosed:
Character of Soil:
Distance of tower from Nearest High-Water Mark: On high water mark
Inclosures to Premises / Type of Fence:
Wharf or Landing on Premises: Boat landing, no wharf
Road to Land or Wharf Chararacter of and Distance:
Means to Reach Light Station: Boat, 1/4 mile New Bedford
Distance to Nearest Road:
Distance to Post Office:
Distance to Village:
Facilities for Public Conveyance:
Facilities for Private Conveyance:
Means Used for Support of Lantern: Stone tower
Number of Separate Lights: 1
First Built or Established: 1849
Last Rebuilt, Repaired, or Renovated: 1927
Condition at This Date:
Shape of Tower in Plan:
Form of Tower:
Height from Base to Ventilator Ball:
Height of Focal Plane Above Mean High Water: 34'
Background of Lighthouse as Seen from Sea: New Bedford City
Color of Tower: White
Color of Tower/ How Produced: Whitewash
Tower Connection: Detached
Object of Navigation: Harbor
Building Materials: Stone
General Description:
Wall Thickness at Base:
Wall Thickness at Parapet:
Diameter at Base:
Diameter at Parapet:
Kind of Stairway and Steps: Wooden winding
Number of Landings:
Size of Glass: 6" x *'
Number of Windows and Size of Sash: 3; 19" x 21 1/2"
Number of Doors: 1 double 3' x 6' 10"; 1 single 2' 8" x 6' 8"
Kind of Foundation and Depth Below Surface:
Character of Soil Surrounding the Lighthouse:
Soil Susceptibility:
Miscellaneous Remarks:
Lantern and Fixtures
Order of Lantern: 5th
Shape of Lantern: Polygonal
Diameter to Glass:
Diameter in the Clear:
Number of Sides: 9
Type of Bars: Vertical
Thickness of Bars: 1 1/8"
Height Glazed: 35 3/4"
Number of Plates in Height: One
Number of Plates Each Side:
Thickness of Plates: 1/4"
Size of Plates: 28" x 36"
Number of Storm Panes:
Unglazed Side of Lantern: None
What Bearings:
Construction Material Lantern: Iron
Construction Material Roof / Cowl: Iron
Ventilator / Cowl:
Lightning Spindle:
Description of Lightning Rod:
Lantern Doors:
Floor of Lantern:
Watchroom Doors:
Parapet Diameter:
Illuminating Apparatus
Kind of Apparatus:
Intensity in Candles: 870
Name of Maker: Not known
Year Made: Unknown
Marks and Number: None
Order of Apparatus: 4TH
Inside Diameter: 19.5"
Light Characteristic:
Time of Revolution:
Flash Interval:
Duration of Flash:
Arc of Each Fixed Part:
Number of Panels: 4 (1 open)
Number of Flash Panels: None
Arc of Each:
Number of Elements in Central Drum: 5
Number of Prisms Above Center Drum: 5 fixed
Number of Prisms Below Center Drum: 3 fixed
Does Apparatus Revolve?: False
Is There a Revolving Belt?: False
Revolving Panels:
How Flash is Produced:
Number of Vertical Elements Panel:
Fixed Lens Covered:
Pedestal: Iron
Service Table:
Draft Tube Description: Cone only
Revolving Machinery:
Standby and Description:
Chariot Float or Balls:
Chariot Description:
Length of Drop Tube:
Clock Weight:
Length of Winding Time:
Drive During Rewind:
Machinery Protection:
Lens Protection:
How Color is Produced: Green shade
Red Sectors Description:
Where Color Attached: Illuminating apparatus
Form of Colored Glass: Green shade in shade holder
Lamp Description: Type "A" 35 mm
Type of Illuminant: IOV
Number of Spare Lamps: 1
Number of Spare Burners: 1
Candle Power: 500 cp

Vapor Oil Lamp
Number of Wicks or Mantels: 1 mantel
Diameter of Outside Wick:
Diameter of Mantel: 1 1/4"
Diameter of Circum Circle:
Closets and Store Rooms
Tower Closet Use: 1 with shelves for spare lamps, chimneys, etc.
Oil House Description: 100' SSW from dwelling
Oil House Inside Dimension: 8' 8" x 10' 8"
Oil House Construction Material: Bricks
Oil House Capacity: About 450 - 1 bulk kerosene tank 2.5" x 7' cap. 257 gals in oil house
Other (Describe): Fuel house near dwelling on NW side
Suitability: Dry & suitable
Fog Signal General
Fog Signal Kind: Bell struck by machinery
Time to Start: Starts instantly
How Long Will Pressure Last:
Year of Manufacture:
Characteristic: 1 stroke, 10 sec silent
Duplication: Necessary parts
Timing Device:
If whistle, siren, or trumpet, Pressure at Which Blown:
Height Above Water:
Compass Direction:
Location: Guide to New Bedford Harbor
Distance and Direction: Attached to tower on channel side
Water Supply: None
Reached from Lighthouse: Through door cut in tower
Description of Fog Signal Building: Square wooden structure attached to tower on channel side
Pressure And Recording Gauge:
Bell Signal
Weight: 1,260 lbs
Metal: Bell metal
Diameter: 3' 4"
Height: 2' 6"
Time: 5.5 hours
Manufacturer: Henry McShane, 1901
Weights for Operation: 1000 lbs
Location: 278' SW by W 1/4 W from tower
Coloring: White with lead color trimmings
Construction Materials: Wood
Number of Rooms: 7
Number of Dwellings: 1
Heating Plant: Direct hot water
Number of Keepers: 1
Furnished Quarters: Keeper
NOT Furnished Quarters:
Outhouses: Fuel house NW of dwelling
Outhouse Coloring: White, lead trimmings
Paths and Walks: Walks between dwelling & tower
Area Inclosed:
Area of Garden:
Area Timber or Shrubbery:
Cultivation Area Available: None
Area Cultivated: None
Character of Surroundings: Ledge, rocks & sand
Stove, Maker: Empire Crawford
Stove, Size: 7-18
Sink, Maker: Not known
Sink, Size: 20" x 39"
Pump, Maker: Douglas
Pump, Size: #2
Lamps: 1 brass table, 1 brass hand lamp from General Depot
How Procured: Rain water from dwelling roof
Quality: Good
Quantity: Ample
Injury Possible: No - but smoke from city causes some trouble from soot on roof
Purity Precaution: Roof washed off at each storm before water is taken. Cistern frequently cleaned
Tank Capacity: 2500 gals - in dwelling cellar
Tank Material: Bricks, cement plastered
Distilling Apparatus: False
Distilling Manufacturer:
Well Description:
Well Diameter:
Well Lining:
Pump or Bucket:
What Power Used:
Distance from Dwelling:
General Opinion: Healthful
Diseases: None
Local Causes: No
Recommended Improvements: No
Access to Lighthouse: Boathouse & boatslip with path to dwelling, no wharf or road
Distance and Direction: About 450' WSW
Miscellaneous Remarks: Dwelling old but in fair condition.
Boat #1
Boat Number: 41
Type: Skiff
Length: 3' 2"
Width: 10'
When Built: 1905
Date Harbored at Station: 1914
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes
Boat #2
Boat Number: 24
Type: Power Dory
Length: 4' 10"
Width: 18'
When Built: 1922
Date Harbored at Station: 1925
Sails: False
Suited to Work: Yes

Power Boat
Engine Type: Gasoline
Horsepower: 3
Engine Maker: Lathrop - 22834 - 1926
Spare Coil:
Magnet: None
Battery: Dry 6
Propeller Diameter: 14"
Propeller Pitch: 20" 3 blades

General Information:
Boats on Station: Boathouse